Scouting report: Milwaukee Brewers
Originally Published: September 28, 2008By Keith Law | Scouts Inc.
StrengthsIf any pitcher is good enough -- and big enough -- to pick up a team and carry it on his back, CC Sabathia is. He's a classic power pitcher, working heavily off a 93-96 mph fastball that plays up because hitters pick up the ball late out of his hand. He throws a slider and a cutter -- arguably the same pitch with different degrees of cut -- and will throw it backdoor to a right-handed hitter just as often as he'll throw it at the same hitter's back foot or throw it in the dirt in front of the catcher for a swing and miss. Even on three days' rest, he still showed good command (55-60 rating), and on full rest he's better than that. One concern about the short rest, however, is that his arm slot has dropped slightly, which can be a sign of fatigue.
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